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A good ride-from-town loop under the base of Crested Butte Mountain that can be done in either direction.


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9.4

Miles

15.1

KM

60%

Singletrack

9,459' 2,883 m

High

8,831' 2,692 m

Low

881' 269 m

Up

881' 269 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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A bidirectional loop starting from town that provides great views of the country club area and Whetstone Mountain and has some fun singletrack through aspen groves along Upper Upper Loop trail, which make it another great ride option during the Fall colors.

Deciding which direction to go on this loop depends largely how you want to approach the Upper Upper Loop trail and your preferred challenge as both directions will test you.

Going clockwise is not as steep of a climb and you get to descend the steepest sections of Upper Upper Loop , but you are climbing for longer and having to end on New Deli Trail, which isn't as fun as ending on Tony's Trail.

Going counter clockwise is more exciting , but contains a steep section of switchbacks to climb when you turn onto Upper Upper Loop trail but gets the elevation gain out of the way quicker and results in a longer descent through more interesting terrain.

Description

Clockwise Loop: Head east from the four-way bus stop parking lot on Elk Avenue, go through a gate and up Tony's Trail first and take a right to continue climbing up Upper Upper Loop Trail through the aspen and pine forest. You'll battle plenty of tree roots and some loose rock to get to the top of the climb before a steep downhill that takes you to Brush Creek Road #738.

Follow the road until the intersection with Fairway Drive. Take the bike path next to Fairway Drive until reaching New Deli Trail at the entrance to the country club. Take New Deli Trail back to town and the parking lot.

Counter Clockwise Loop: Start out from the four-way bus stop parking lot in town and head south on 9th Street until you hit the entrance of New Deli Trail, which is a wide dirt road that turns into a dirt path heading southeast. Follow New Deli Trail until you get to the entrance to the country club and take a left at Fairway Drive onto the bike path. Follow the bike path until the intersection with Brush Creek Road #738. Take Brush Creek Road #738 for 3/4 of a mile and then start a steep grinding climb up Upper Upper Loop Trail.

After this punchy climb, you can catch your breath as you descend some singletrack through the forest with some loose rock, tree roots and sharp turns aplenty. Eventually you'll wind through aspens and above Grant Lake until reaching the junction with Tony's Trail after passing a very large boulder on the left.

Finish the remaining descent down Tony's Trail back to town on winding singletrack.

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Just enough tech to keep you on your toes.
Oct 12, 2016 near Crested…, CO
EMGT includes some of Crested Butte's finest  singletrack
Jun 10, 2015 near Crested…, CO
Loamy dirt, aspens, and singletrack - all you need on a bike ride.
Oct 12, 2016 near Crested…, CO
Sweet riding through the Aspens!
Oct 24, 2013 near Crested…, CO
Riders along Tony's Trail
May 8, 2013 near Crested…, CO
This trail is worth doing in either direction to experience this.
Aug 4, 2015 near Crested…, CO

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